This recipe was created out of my love for Chicken Satay and hate for cooking anything labor-intensive, like Chicken Satay (you may not think grilled, skewered meat is labor intensive, but hey -- I don't call myself "Dinner Minimalist" for nothin' ;). The sweet and salty taste of creamy nut butter with chicken is so heavenly that I couldn't NOT try to recreate it after sampling this saucy chicken treat in abundance over open-flame grills on the streets of Southeast Asia. I looked into making my own chicken satay skewers at home, but anything that requires me to marinate chicken pieces, skewer them and grill them was not realistically something I was going to make often (my tolerance for multi-step recipes is LOW). After experimenting around, I finally came up with one of my favorite minimal dinners of all time: One-Pan Satay Inspired Creamy Chicken. The best part? The leftovers are even more divine -- once left to set in the fridge, the chicken seems to soak up even more of the saucy flavor. YUM. Trust me, you'll want to make this one ASAP!
One-Pan Satay Inspired Creamy Chicken (Paleo, Whole30, Dairy Free)
3 chicken breasts
1 can coconut milk (400 g)
1/4 cup almond butter (or peanut butter if no need for Paleo/W30)
2 red bell peppers
Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tbsp)
3 Green onion sprigs, to top
Salt and red pepper flakes to taste
Add coconut milk and almond butter to a deep saute pan. Add salt (about 1/2 tsp or more, depending on saltiness of the nut butter) and red pepper flakes to taste. Stir to combine and place pan over medium heat. Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces and add to pan, spreading out to coat the bottom evenly. Slice the red pepper into thin, 2-inch strips and throw over the top of the chicken (if not fully submerged in the sauce, totally fine/normal!) Simmer, uncovered, on low for 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add the lime juice and give it a good stir before serving alongside some cauliflower rice (or normal rice, if not Paleo/Whole30), if desired. Chop up the green onions and sprinkle over the top. Chao!